If you’ve suffered for a long time with plantar fasciitis, it may be hard to believe that something as simple as plantar fasciitis orthotics can really help. Maybe you’ve tried orthotics in the past – ones that were supposed to be plantar fasciitis orthotics but they simply didn’t work.
It’s possible that when you tried them in the past, you were using ones based on earlier technology, which is nowhere near as good as the latest technology. Just about every type of plantar fasciitis orthotics pair on the market now has these basic features that work to realign the foot and give relief to those with the condition.
1. Ergonomically designed arch support
This is included in plantar fasciitis orthotics because in the condition, there’s more of the foot that is contacting the ground. In a normal arch foot, there’s only a small portion of the foot that touches the ground when you walk. The more of the foot that touches the ground, the more you wear out and tire the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot. Ergonomically designed arch support lifts the arches to prevent the foot from contacting the ground. Every company has their own research and development guidelines on how tall the arch should be, and what level creates the most pain relief.
2. Deep heel cup
If plantar fasciitis orthotics have a deep heel cup, it’s like you have a pre-cut space in a piece of wood for a bookcase kit. There’s no chance you’ll put the screw into the wrong spot. With a deep heel cup, your heel isn’t veering off to the left or to the right. It will stay put right where it’s supposed to be.
3. Metatarsal arch pad
Sometimes people forget that there’s a second arch in the foot that is located in the ball of the foot region. If this arch falls, more of the foot in that area will contact the ground. The ball of the foot spreads out and unfortunately, the small interdigital nerves (nerves in between the toes) are now being stepped on. Ouch! That hurts! However, by lifting up the ball of the foot with a metatarsal arch pad, the nerves are happy and you are happy. Bye, bye ball of the foot pain.